decisive engagement of the Bannock War was fought on the foothills
of Battle Mountain, July 8, 1878. The war a - protest against White
encroachment, and the last major uprising in the Pacific Northwest
was started by Bannock Indians, but Egan, a Piutes, inherited command.
Wounded, he led the Bannocks, Piutes and Snakes on a wide sweep
out of Idaho, through Eastern Oregon and into the Blue Mountains.
His hope was to win the Umatillas. But troops under Gen. Oliver
O. Howard defeated him here, and a few days later he was betrayed
and his scalp was delivered at camp. His followers scattered.